Slip and fall accidents and injuries are regular occurrences in large stores. They are often not your own fault but may be caused by negligence on the part of the store owner.
The people who manage and work in somewhere like a Safeway supermarket are expected to do their best to provide a safe environment for people to walk around freely doing their shopping.
If a hazard is spotted or reported, someone should be delegated to go and clean it up. At the very least, a warning could be put up to stop injuries from happening.
Like any store, it is Safeway’s fault if they fail to prevent a hazard from causing an injury if there has been sufficient time to do something about it. If you intend filing a personal injury claim against Safeway, or any other store, you will need proof that they were at fault.
How to Show That Supermarket Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall
Several things need to be shown to exist to demonstrate that the supermarket owners or managers were at fault and that their negligence caused your injury:
- The hazard that caused your injury can be identified;
- The staff /managers could have avoided the hazard by being more careful;
- The hazard was known about for some considerable time;
- Nothing had been done about the hazard to remove the danger from it or warn patrons about slipping over.
Evidence to Show a Slip and Fall was a Supermarket’s Fault
There are several ways you can prove that Safeway, or any other store, was at fault.
- The best evidence is a recording by a security camera mounted in such a position that it was pointing in your direction when the accident took place. The camera should also provide evidence of when the hazard first emerged and that the Safeway employees had not done anything about it.
- Eye witnesses in the store may be able to confirm what happened. If you are lucky, you may find an eyewitness who saw the hazard before you slipped over and can confirm that the store employees did nothing about it.
- You may be able to take photos showing the accident scene and what caused the injury. These photos could also prove that nothing had been done to prevent store users from using the area like a warning sign.
Get Help Proving Fault
Big companies, such as Safeway, likely have insurers who may try and avoid paying compensation if they can show there is not enough evidence. If you have a personal injury lawyer working on your behalf, you may find that the store’s insurers are more likely to make a sensible compensation payment because of the negligent actions of their corporate clients.
Complete the Free Case Evaluation to get in touch with a PI lawyer who may help prove Safeway, or any other store, was at fault for your slip and fall.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Safeway, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.